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Mission Possible 2022 Gala!

Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center hosted it’s annual fundraising gala, Mission Possible! 2022 on April 28 th . A sold-out crowd, of more than 300 guests, is expected to raise awareness of child abuse and support the organization’s mission of achieving healing and justice for child victims.

The event was held in April, which is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month, an annual observance to raise awareness for the importance of preventing and reporting child abuse.

Jimmy Wayne, a former foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care.

This year’s entertainment and featured guest speaker was Jimmy Wayne,
a former foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist whose songs and story highlight his
mission to raise awareness for children in foster care.

Congratulations to our Event Honorees, Trish Gorman and Garrett Snider, who were recognized for their years of dedication, volunteer service, and leadership at Mission Kids!

Barbara Vetri (her daughter Risa Vetri Ferman co-dounded Mission Kids) ,, Abbie R. Newman, R.N, J.D, Chief Executive Officer of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center, Pat Ciarrocchi and David Fineman
Donna Coghlan, Nigel Richards and Nicole Cashman, Cashman & Associates
Jane Kim and Denise Williams
Philadelphia Councilmember Cherelle L. Parker and Aren Platt, Board Member Broad Street Ministry

Thank you to our Host Committee Honorary Co-Chairs, Meredith L. Seigle and Robert Mongeluzzi, as well as our Event Co-Chairs Pauline & David LeVan and Marianne Dean, our Emcee, Jeff Hammond and our entire Host Committee for their hard work the past several months and dedication to making this event so successful!

Lauren Hart and Garrett Snider
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DVLF TOY 2021 with Ray & Miguel

Earlier this month I attended the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) TOY 2021, it’s an annual holiday fundraising event to benefit DVLF. Guestsbuy tickets to attend, and bring an unwrapped toy for the children who will spend the holidays in the hospital. This years event was hosted by merriest of couples Miguel Martinez-Valle and Raymond Smeriglio with the very entertaining Varla Jean Merman who kept us in stitches for her entire set, including the very brave Ric Harris, President & General Manager, NBC10/Telemundo who didn’t cover his eyes or ears once,

even though I may have with Varla’s real take on LGBTQ life, hook ups and relationships especially in Covid times…. She is a must see in any season.

The event also featured a hearty brunch buffet, open bar and a silent auction to raise additional funds.

TOY is DVLF’s annual fundraising event that edifies the organization’s ability to provide for the emerging needs of the LGBTQ+ community in the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley metropolitan area.At TOY, DVLF will deliver annual grant recipients with grant checks. Additionally, because DVLF was not able to provide an in-person event at the time, they will also honor annual HEROES award recipients who have contributed to activism and growth within the Philadelphia LGBTQ+ community.


Seen: La Festa Italian Street Festival

Filitalia International and Foundation, with support from East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, presented La Festa Italian Street Festival on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Proceeds benefit Italian Immigration Museum located on the avenue.

The annual event was held on East Passyunk (between Broad and Moore) from 11am to 7PM, continuously despite a bit of rain after 4PM. The all-ages street festival featured the much-anticipated South Philly spaghetti eating contest, live music, dancing, food, beer, wine, contests, prizes, vendors, shopping, wine-making demos, vodka water ice, and culinary displays.

There was family fun with lots of children’s games, moon bounce, trampoline, orbitron, duck pond, trackless train rides, water gun fun, soccer games, face painting, and more.

As a bonus, double your fun with East Passyunk Craft Beer Day, as part of Philly Beer Week, on the same date and at the same time over 15+ East Passyunk bars and restaurants.

The Philadelphia Police and Paramedics are hiring this month.

La Festa, nicknamed after La Festa Della Repubblica and Italian National Day, is an Italian national holiday that celebrates when Italy became a republic in 1946. Many of the Museum’s Board of Directors, volunteers and members of the community immigrated here from Italy – or are first and second generation Italians. Each year, the local board and volunteers come together with the East Passyunk community to throw a celebration to mirror the festivals in Italy.

La Festa is organized by Festival Director Saverio Nestico (red shirt), along with an annual committee of volunteers that includes Nick Volpe, Kelly Alexander, Henry Amanto, Miguel Luzon, David Milano, Ray DeJohn and Joseph Rossetti.

She was excited to come in 3rd, check out who came in FIRST and SECOND, and what everyone won over on Philly Voice.


An Evening in Franklin Square 2019

On Thursday, May 16th, 2019 Historic Philadelphia, Inc. hosted the 11th annual Evening in Franklin Square, presented by Parx Casino. From an initial investment of $6.5 million, Franklin Square has become an urban oasis and family play place, made possible by the involvement of individuals in the surrounding area.

Amy Needle, President and CEO – Historic Philadelphia , Almaz Crowe and Cari Feiler Bender

Guests dressed in garden-party attire, participated in the silent auction and enjoyed cocktails all in the name of raising much needed funds for the fun packed square at the base of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

One of the highlights of the cocktail hour was when guests participated in the Parx Square Derby, a carousel race, that was narrated by racing announcer Keith Jones (l) with the winners. The race was followed by a dinner, live auction, and plenty of dancing

Former Gov Ed Rendell, Kerry Smith, Melissa Piccoli, Jesse Rendell and Trey Miller
Marc Farzetta , part of the morning sports team of “Farzetta & Tra in the Morning” on 975TheFanatic and Celeste Farzetta
The Parx Casino Team – Kristen Hallahan, Michelle McPeak, Courtney Smugar, Keegan Servati, Linh Nguyen and Codi Chancellor

The annual event coincides with the Chinese Lantern Display, which includes new lantern’s and a new layout. It runs through June 30.

Then beginning July 31, check out the new Franklin Square Fountain Show! The 180-year-old, historic centerpiece of the Square will come to life with colorful, dancing fountains choreographed to popular songs by Boyz II Men, Katy Perry and Louis Armstrong and more! Enjoy daytime and evening shows, featuring LED lighting effects after dusk and it’s free!


Rhynhart Celebrates Her Inauguration at Saxbys

Rebecca Rhynhart Celebrates Her Inauguration at Saxbys

Rebecca Rhynhart was sworn-in as the new and Philadelphia’s first woman City Controller at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts early morning on January 2, 2018. That evening she held a celebration at Saxbys Headquarters in Center City. All proceeds from this event will benefit Mural Arts Restorative Practices Youth Program.

Sandy Brown, Brown’s Super Stores, Inc., Jane Golden, Executive Director of Mural Arts Philly, and Jeff Brown, President & CEO of Brown’s Super Stores, Inc.

Rhynhart Matthew Blank, Business Development Manager at Friedman LLP; Michael Barmash, Senior Managing Director | Principal at Colliers International; Bruce Marks, Partner, Friedman LLP and BK Marks

Dena Herrin, Executive Director at Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey; Scott Brown and Marji Rosenbluth Philips

Rebecca Rhynhart, the first female controller of the City of Philadelphia , greets guests at her Inauguration Celebration at the Saxbys headquarters on Tuesday January 2, 2018

Anna Adams-Sarthou, ‎Adams Sarthou Communications, Rosamond Howard, ‎The Dow Chemical Company; Barbara Adams, Member | Philadelphia Energy Authority and Louis Ballezzi, Esq


DJ Royale spinning his magic


Brittany Goldberg, MSC Retail, Jason Malumed, partner at MFW Wine Co., a wine importer and distributor serving New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania (Congrats to Brittany & Jason on their recent wedding), Jacob Cooper, MSC Retail and Nick Bayer, CEO Saxbys

Michael Hoffberg, Vencore Inc. and Sharon Hoffberg, MA, MT-BC

Jane Golden greets Rebecca Rhynhart as Nick Bayer looks on

Kellan White, First Deputy City Controller at Office of the City Controller and Nicole Allen White, Director of government and external affairs at the Art Museum.

Amber Gay and Amy Williams

Rebecca Rhynhart, the first female controller of the City of Philadelphia thanks her supporters at her Inauguration Celebration at the Saxbys headquaters on Tuesday January 2, 2018. She reiterated her commitment to good government that works and to change the status quo that resonated with Philadelphia voters during the general election and secured her 83% of the vote.

“I want our work to be transformative, to be able to show real accomplishment. I want all of us to say one, two three years from now that we did this together, we made Philadelphia work better. That is what we are embarking on together, and I’m thrilled to now be able to get started. Thank you all!” Congrats controller Rhynhart !!


TODAY: Saxbys opens a new coffee shop, this one at the Beneficial Bank Building 1818 Market Street. Malcolm Jenkins, starting safety for the Eagles, will be behind the counter from 11 a.m. to noon. I’ll be there shooting from 11AM to 1PM ish. Here’s the details:

Guests can order from a full menu, setting the price themselves. All proceeds will go to the newly established Saxbys Fellowship, which was created in partnership with the Community College of Philadelphia. It will provide scholarships for 10 students per year.

Below is the full lineup of guest bartenders for the event. The cafe will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

8:30-9:15 a.m. – Beneficial Bank CEO Gerry Cuddy will serve drinks behind the bar.
9:15-10 a.m. – Agile Cat CEO Peter Madden will serve drinks behind the bar.
11 a.m. to noon – Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins will serve drinks behind the bar.
11:30-11:45 a.m. – Councilwoman Cherelle Parker will stop by the cafe.
1-2 p.m. – Mike Jerrick from FOX29’s Good Day Philadelphia will serve drinks behind the bar.



Photos: The Young Friends of PMA Watercolor Remix Cocktail Party

Photos: The Young Friends of PMA Watercolor Remix Cocktail Party at Positano Coast


The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are gearing up for their annual fundraiser party on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

Last week they gathered at a cocktail party to celebrate their hard work, as it was a year long process of conceptualizing and executing the plans for the gala which raises funds which will benefit the Young Friends’ mission of supporting art acquisitions, conservation, and innovative youth arts education, including elementary-school field trips.


McKenna Lally and Alexandra Torey

WatercolorAli Bristow and Paris Clark

RC Atlee, Erin Branche , Joy Deibert, Naveen Todi and Ian Hincken

Ashley Stahl, Lauren Krumeich, Grigorios Papadourakis and Alexander Hankin

WatercolorAshlyn and Sean Maurer

WatercolorBrian Bora, Dan Gold and Jared Kahn

2-8-2017 7-28-42 AM

Watercolor Remix Party

Presented by Neiman Marcus
Hosted by the Young Friends

Saturday, February 25, 2017
9:00 p.m. to midnight
VIP reception at 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy Philly in a new light—all while partying with a purpose. Add a splash of color to your Saturday night with an art-inspired open bar, musical entertainment, and gourmet dessert stations. Be among the first to wander through our latest exhibition, American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent, at this after-hours party. For those age 21 and over.




Newbold’s South Philly Sausage Fest Was Hotter Than Ever This Year

The weather is getting cooler, ok it’s supposed to be getting cooler, and the fall festivals are heating up. Last week were two major festivals – GreenFest on South Street last Sunday and The Sausage Fest on Passyunk above Broad Street last Saturday, September 10. I covered them both.



Mother Nature was anything but kind to us last Saturday as the temperatures hovered near 100F, but that didn’t stop the hundreds of sausage fans that turned out to enjoy delicious links, music, mingling and learn about the different community organizations that were on hand.


The Newbold Community Development Corporation (CDC) South Philly SausageFest is a food and craft beer festival raising funds for the Newbold CDC’s Street Cleaning Program. This was the 2nd Annual event, and it’s sponsored by AFC Doctors Express Urgent Care, 1444 W Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia (Which I have been to several times over the past 3 years for aches and pains, and they’re quick and easy.)


Tim Lidiak, President of NCDC and Jess Gould, Co-chair of South Philly SausageFest


William Lindsay, Diana Zaccagnini and Michael Strauss reppin’ Mike’s BBQ. You know Tap Michael as one of the co-owners of Taproom on 19th in the Girard Estate neighborhood.


Who were also on hand to rep their sausage sandwich with Jeff Gimbel, Sal Aversa (no relationship to Kory Aversa, Aversa Pr who was handling the publicity for Sausage Fest), and Peter Fry.


The Volunteer Lounge, a lot of these folks also volunteer for their neighborhood organizations which all border each other.
Paul Knese, East Point Breeze Neighborhood, Paul Rossi, Girard Estate Neighbors Association, Stacey French, Newbold Civic Association, Jimmy Marshina, WPNA, and LuAnn Goodnoce, WPNA


Vince Leuzzi, Bobby Powers of Mark Cement Contractors with Kory Warfield, who’s dad works at Mark’s


Philadelphia author & reporter Thom Nickels, with Steve Laberty and Tom Hawthorn


Christy Bracken-Vasquez, Carol De Fries, Vice President NCDC and Chad Colby


 Tricia Pinto , Carmen Kelly and Leslie Baechler of Vegan Commissary





Shibe Vintage Sports








Miranda Neill, Vicky Neill, Tom Staunton and Shrea Roundtree











Newbold CDC is four city blocks wide and seven blocks long. It is bounded by Tasker Street to the north and Wolf Street to the south, Broad Street to the east, and 18th Street to the west.